Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries: An International Perspective
Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2007, 215 pp, ISBN 978-1-84542-610-1
Edited by Colette Henry, Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries: An International Perspective is a collection of papers divided in two chapters addressing a diversity of issues within the creative industries agenda from an entrepreneurial and international perspective. The objective of the book is to inform academics, policymakers, support agencies and entrepreneurs about current priority issues on the creative industries research agenda. In this sense, the book contains contributions that deal with a range of issues at both the national and international level; which adopt different quantitative and qualitative methodologies; and which examine the nature of creative entrepreneurship across different industry sub-sectors and in different economic and geographical contexts.
The book is divided in two greater parts. Part I deals with the 'Nature of Creative Entrepreneurship' and considers various industries within the creative sector across Asia, Scandinavia, Ireland, the UK and New Zealand. Thus, different approaches to defining and measuring creative industries in East and Southeast Asia are presented and economic performance in terms of market share is discussed. Further on, music industry in the five Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden is explored as well as the development of creative industries in the United Kingdom. The Irish music and dance industry is also in focus, while the last chapter explores the entrepreneurial nature of New Zealand's screen production industry.
Part II deals with the 'Supporting the Creative Industries Sector' and considers how such industries are and, in some cases, ought to be funded, supported, encouraged and developed. Thus, the issue of investment and funding for the creative industries in the UK is discussed as well as their promotion amongst students of creative industries courses. The nature of creative sector in Russia is also focused on. The application of human language technologies (HLT) within the creative industries sector and the benefits it has brought to the software, digital and audio-visual industries are discussed. One chapter is dedicated to the recurring theme throughout many of the chapters, that of relationships within the creative industries sector. The last chapter reviews all subjects discussed in the book and outlines a logical framework for promoting the creative industries sector in future.
This collection of papers adds some new dimensions to the current creative entrepreneurship research agenda. It highlights the valuable economic and social contribution of the sector but also encourages policy-makers, educators and trainers to continue to evaluate the critical role they play in the creative enterprise development process.
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